June 05, 2008 15:45 ET

WestJet's People Focus Tops in Canada

National survey cites airline for its people skills

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2008) - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced it has been named one of Canada's top companies for managing human resources, according to a national survey of top business executives.

Toronto-based professional services firm The Beacon Group surveyed more than 4,000 Canadian executives for their views on the state of talent management in Canada. The survey ranked WestJet at the top, along with Research in Motion of Waterloo, Ontario.

"Our people and our culture are what make WestJet different, and although we don't do it for the accolades, it's always nice to be recognized for what we've accomplished," said WestJet President and CEO Sean Durfy.

"We hire for attitude and train for skills," Durfy continued. "Our People Department does a great job of ensuring that we are recruiting the right people and putting in the right training and development to allow them to shine. Our unique culture keeps our WestJetters engaged in their job which benefits the more than 12 million guests that fly with us each year. Our internal mantra is 'We succeed because I care', and it shows each and every day in the incredible commitment of WestJetters to our culture and values."

The Beacon Group launched its inaugural Human Capital Leaders survey this year in order to evaluate the state of Human Capital management in Canada. For more information on the survey, visit www.thebeacongroup.ca.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 47-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

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